NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - MBBS and BDS aspirants can check here the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria specified by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The NEET eligibility criteria were revised as per interim orders passed by the Delhi High Court on April 26, 2018. While candidates from NIOS/Open Schools have been declared eligible, those above the upper age limit will not be allowed to seek admissions through NEET 2018 as per a Delhi High Court judgement passed on May 11, 2018. Details about the eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 had been clarified by the Medical Council of India (MCI) on April 24, 2018. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduation (NEET UG) is was conducted on May 6, 2018, in offline mode.
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LATEST - As per interim orders of the Delhi High Court passed on April 26, 2018, all NIOS/Open school candidates were declared eligible to appear for NEET 2018. However, candidates above the upper age limit have been barred as per the related judgement issued on May 11, 2018. To read more details, Click Here!
The eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 specified the academic qualifications, age limit, residency status and other requirements that must be met by all candidates appearing for the entrance exam, but had been substantially revised following interim orders issued by the Delhi High Court on April 26. The final judgement of the Delhi High Court issued on May 11, 2018, has allowed all candidates, except those above the upper age limit, to seek admissions to medicine courses through NEET 2018.
Clarification issued by the MCI on April 24, 2018
On the basis of directives issued by the Delhi High Court, the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued clarifications on the amendments it had made to the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997” through the Gazette of India notification published on January 22, 2018. The NEET eligibility criteria amendments barred from NEET 2018 all medical aspirants above the age of 25 (30 in the case of reserved categories), those who completed their schooling from the NIOS Board or privately, those who had a gap year between Classes 11 and 12, and those who studied Biology as an additional subject in Class 12. Given the confusion faced by various candidates regarding their eligibility for NEET following the introduction of these rules, the MCI issued a clarification which can be seen below -
Rationale and NEET Eligibility Status
Candidates completing Class 12 after 12 years of study with last two years comprising study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English from a recognized Board; candidates must have regular, co-terminus and simultaneous teaching and training in PCB along with practicals in Classroom mode at a regular school.
Eligible for NEET 2018 as they have undertaken regular and continuous two years of study of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology along with practicals taken together in Classes 11 & 12.
Candidates who studied Biology/Biotechnology as sixth subject in Classes 11 and 12 with practicals in Classroom mode in regular school and have consolidated marksheet of Class 11 and 12 containing Biology/Biotechnology marks.
Candidates who have studied Classes 11 and 12 in classroom mode in a regular school but failed in a subject and appeared for Compartment exam from their school board and successfully cleared the Compartment.
Candidates who have studied Classes 11 and 12 in classroom mode in a regular school but reappeared for improvement exam from the school board and were treated as regular students.
Candidates who have studied Classes 11 and 12 in classroom mode in a regular school with the required subjects but had a gap year between Classes 11 and 12.
Candidates who have failed in either Class 11 or 12 in classroom mode in a regular school but reappeared and cleared the exam from their school board, or incase the school issued Class 11 or Class 12 marksheet as failed but the candidates appeared from the recognized board as private candidate and passed.
Eligible for NEET 2018 as they have undertaken regular and continuous two years of study of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology along with practicals taken together in Classes 11 & 12 – Should produce both fail and pass marksheets from Class 11 and/or Class 12 as applicable when appearing for counselling.
Candidates who have studied Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and appeared for and cleared Biology/Biotechnology as an additional subject from the same board after already clearing Class 12.
Ineligible as per MCI as these candidates do not meet the test of regular and continuous two years of study of PCB subjects along with practicals in Classes 11 and 12 – NIOS/Open school candidates have not received classroom training.
DECLARED ELIGIBLE BY DELHI HIGH COURT ON APRIL 26, 2018.
Candidates who have not completed Classes 11 and 12 in classroom mode in a regular school, ie. NIOS/State Open School candidates and Private Candidates
Quick Facts of NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018
Details (as confirmed on April 26, 2018)
10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subjects in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized Board; candidates from NIOS Board are eligible - Gap year between Class 11 and 12 is permitted.
Minimum Age Requirement
17 years as on December 31, 2018.
Candidates must be born on or before January 1, 2002.
Maximum Age Limit
Applicable for NEET 2018 as per final judgement of Delhi High Court on May 11, 2018.
UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)
Previously applied cap on the number of attempts has been removed. Now, there is no limit on the permitted number of attempts age criteria permitting.
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals
Overview of initial NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018
The NEET eligibility criteria 2018, as specified in the NEET 2018 prospectus released on February 8, 2018, reintroduced the controversial upper age limit rule. Another major NEET 2018 eligibility criteria change which took place was that NIOS board and open school students who were allowed to appear for NEET 2017 were not to be allowed to appear for the exam from 2018 onwards. Candidates who had only studied Biology as an additional subject in Class 12 and not as a core subject in both Classes 11 and 12 were also not allowed to appear. However, as per the interim order passed by the Delhi High Court on April 26, 2018, all of these candidates were allowed to appear for the exam. But a final judgement passed by the Court on May 11 has now allowed all candidates, except those above the NEET upper age limit from securing their results through the exam.
Besides these new criteria, the cap on the number of attempts had been removed by CBSE. NEET aspirants may note that the NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 to appear for the exam will be separate from the eligibility for admissions. NEET is the single entrance examination in the country for admissions to MBBS and BDS programmes and is conducted in 11 languages from 2018 onwards. Aspirants are advised to check the NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria carefully before applying for the examination as they may not be allowed to appear if they fail to meet the same.
For any doubt and queries, Call the NEET UG helpline number at 011-40360360.
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NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Qualifying Exam
Candidates could check the academic qualifying criteria of NEET 2018 that they were required to meet before they could apply. The different qualifying exams that candidates can clear to become eligible for NEET were specified by the CBSE. Candidates were required to enter the corresponding qualifying exam code while filling the application form. The details of the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria can be seen below.
NEET Qualifications and Qualifying Examination Codes
Qualifying Examination Codes
Students who will be appearing in Class 12 Board Examinations or whose result is awaited are eligible to appear for NEET 2018.
In case a candidate does not pass the qualifying examination with the required pass percentage of marks, then they will not be eligible for admissions.
The Senior Secondary Education or the Indian School Certificate examination after a period of 12 years’ study, where the last two years of such study consist of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology or Mathematics or any other elective subject with core-level English.
Candidates must have undertaken 2 years of regular and continuous study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology at 10+2 level. Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as private candidate shall not be eligible to appear. Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an additional at Class 12 level is also not allowed.*
The Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in science as offered by an Indian University/Board or other recognised examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /Bio-technology and also English as compulsory subjects.
The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology & English after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination. This will also include the practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
The first year of the three years’ degree course from a recognised University with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology including practical tests and core-level English.
Candidate should have passed B.Sc. from an Indian University with not less than two of the subjects among Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology)/Bio-technology. Not only this, the candidate should have cleared the earlier qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.
Apart from the above-mentioned examinations, any exam which is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as compulsory subjects will be considered. It should also include practical tests in each subject.
Note: Medical or science colleges may conduct the Pre-medical courses. Also, marks scored in Mathematics are not to be considered for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses. Candidates have to necessarily fulfill requirements given in Code 2, eligibility specified under all other codes notwithstanding.
* Requirements removed as per Delhi High Court order on April 26, 2018
NEET Eligibility Equivalency for NRI/Foreign students
As per an official notification released by the CBSE on March 8, 2018, regarding the equivalency of Class 12 for candidates who have completed their schooling outside India, "Any other examination which, in scope and standard is found to be equivalent to the intermediate science examination of an Indian University/Board, taking Physics, Chemistry and Biology including practical test in each of these subjects and English". Check the notice below:
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 - Age criteria
According to the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria, a candidate is required to complete 17 years of age either at the time of admissions or else on or before December 31, 2018. The NEET 2018 notification had also reintroduced the upper age limit criteria of 25 years for Unreserved candidates and 30 years for Reserved category candidates but was later removed as per the Delhi High Court's verdict on April 26, 2018. However, the same has now been upheld via a Delhi High Court judgement passed on May 11, 2018.
NEET 2018 Age criteria
Minimum Age Criteria
Maximum Age Criteria
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)
Born on or before January 1, 2002
Born on or after May 7, 1993
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category
Born on or before January 1, 2002
Born on or after May 7, 1988
What are the Qualifying Marks for NEET 2018?
To fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria 2018, candidate must have passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually.
The candidates belonging to General Category should score a aggregate minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) should score a aggregate minimum of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
For persons with locomotor disability of lower limbs, a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH are required in aggregate across Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology.
- From 2018, it is likely that the NEET eligibility criteria will require candidates to have studied Biology as a core subject in both Classes 12 and 11, rather than as an additional subject in Class 12 alone.
Minimum PCB Marks Percentage for NEET 2018 in Class 10 or 12
PCB aggregate marks in 10+2 or HSC examination
How many attempts are allowed for NEET 2018?
Previously applied cap of number of attempts has been removed from 2018 onwards. Now, as per new rules candidates can appear for NEET for any number of times provided they fulfill other eligibility criteria as mentioned above.
Nationality of candidates for NEET 2018
Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for admission in Medical/Dental Colleges through NEET eligibility criteria.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2018 for 15% All India Quota Seats
Candidates who fall under these categories - Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Foreign Nationals are eligible for 15% All India Quota Seats.
Candidates from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be participating in the NEET All India Quota scheme from 2018 onwards. Earlier, candidates from these two states and J&K were not eligible for 15% All India quota seats as these three states had opted out of All India scheme since its inception. If candidates claimed eligibility under this criterion, they had to submit a Self Declaration form online. Candidates were required to take a print out of the form as it would have to be submitted during counselling. However, the official NEET Notification confirms that except for J&K candidates, those from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be able to participate in counselling for All India Quota seats from this year onwards.
Candidates appearing for NEET 2018 must ensure they fulfill the above mentioned eligibility criteria of NEET 2018 to be able to appear for the exam. Following the result and depending on where they apply for state quota seats, candidates will be required to fulfill the NEET 2018 eligibility criteria of each state they intend to apply to in order to be considered for admissions under state quota.